An Organized + Masculine Home Office: Reveal!

This organized and masculine home office has tons of functional storage space, a versatile sitting to standing desk, and a cozy corner to sit and relax. The perfect mix of form and function really helps to maximize productivity.

IKEA POANG Chair in an Organized Home Office

It’s done!!! For the past few weeks we’ve been talking about Donnie’s organized yet oh-so-masculine home office, and I’m delighted to say that it is finished! (And he is even more delighted because he loves it SO much!)

This room makeover was truly Donnie’s “baby.” He would ask my opinion on things here and there, but for the most part, he picked everything himself because I wanted it to be the perfect space for him!

As a little reminder, here is what his office looked like before we started:

before Donnie's office was updated with clutter everywhere

He needed to store a bunch of stuff in a not-so-huge space, but clearly the hodge podge of furniture we had thrown together just was not working. It doesn’t look like this anymore, though! You can take the video tour or scroll through the photos below.

An Organized + Masculine Home Office: Reveal!

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Tour Donnie’s Masculine Home Office

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Donnie’s office is right off the living room, so it’s in a pretty central location in the house. It faces the back of our lot, so he has a great view and lots of windows for light. It’s not a huge space, but we knew that with the right systems in place, we could definitely make it work for him.

looking through the door of the office at the new chair

A Tidy Reading Corner

Right when you walk in the door of Donnie’s office, you’ll see his seating area. He had wanted a POANG chair for years but never had room for one in our old house, so he got his wish with this office!

Donnie leaning back in a new office chair

Last week we shared a video about how we installed a wall of Elfa shelving from The Container Store on the other side of the room, but we also put a smaller Elfa setup over in this corner. Donnie loved the idea of using their utility board with a few little shelves and cups to hold things like his keys, wallet, headphones, and other items he uses often.

masculine shelving hanging on the water in the corner

We also attached a larger shelf to this unit to act as his side table. He likes having things up off the ground so there’s not a lot of clutter on the floor, so this was the perfect solution.

side view of the office chair and wall shelving

We put one more little shelf at the top of the unit to ground it a bit and added some decorative books and a faux plant, and his cozy office corner was complete!

Craftsman Style Trim Work

looking at the office facing the window

A smaller detail that I think made a big difference in this space was the addition of chunky craftsman style window trim. All of the windows in our house just came with a small sill and no other trim, so Donnie has slowly but surely been upgrading each one, and I think it adds so much character!

(The bamboo shades on all of the windows are these ones in the Bali Abaca color.) Donnie added matching trim around the door as well.

A Sitting / Standing Desk

Another challenge we had to tackle in Donnie’s office was his desk situation. He had been using a standing desk that we built in our last house, which he liked, but since he has been doing a lot of video editing on the desktop computer, he wanted to have the option to sit as well.

a sit and stand computer desk with a chair

He found this motorized desk from Fully (the Jarvis model) that allows him to adjust the height of the desk to sitting or standing as needed. It has presets that he has programmed to his ideal sitting and standing heights or he can move it manually to any height he wants.

Donnie standing at the desk working on the computer

That white box under the desk is an air purifier.

The up and down motion of the desk is so smooth that he doesn’t have to worry about items falling over or the computer parts being damaged. It really was the perfect solution for this space.

front view of the desk with a computer sitting on it

Functional Storage with Elfa Shelving

The biggest change to Donnie’s office space was the addition of a wall of shelves and drawers on the back wall! We showed it empty last week, but here it is all filled up and organized:

several rows of shelving hanging on the wall that has been organized

We went with Elfa’s sand colored shelves and platinum rails and brackets to give Donnie the masculine look he was going for. The combination of shelves and drawers holds all of his items perfectly, so he can store everything he needs without it looking cluttered.

close up of computer and offices supplies on the shelves

The boxes on the bottom shelves are actually tool boxes, but Donnie uses them to store our video equipment because they have great dividers and allow him to keep everything neatly organized.

Mesh Drawers in the Elfa System

The mesh drawers hold a variety of things. One acts as Donnie’s “inbox” for paperwork. Another holds wires and cables. One has his office supplies, etc. He was able to use dividers within the drawers to keep each one tidy.

an organized office drawer with supplies

There are also clip on tags made specifically for these drawers, so Donnie used my label maker to add a label to each one so he could easily  tell what was inside.

labeled wired pull out bins

Organizing the Elfa Shelving

The upper shelves hold alllllllllll of Donnie’s books. He has actually pared down his collection quite a bit, believe it or not. But he reads all the time, so it was important to him to have storage space for all of the books that he loves and wanted to keep physical copies of.

media collection with books on the office shelves

In addition to his book collection, Donnie also left space to house his video cameras and lenses so they are always easy to grab and some plastic bins to hold his magazines. There are even a few empty bins, so he has room to grow if he needs to!

close up of plastic magazine bins on the shelf

At the recommendation of the designer at The Container Store, Donnie used ventilated shelves on the top row to hold his larger video equipment like tripods, light stands, boom mics, etc. He keeps a little stool by his desk, which makes it easy to grab this equipment when he needs it.

full view of the Elfa shelving system hanging on the wall

Elfa Hooks for Accessories

We were able to attach hooks from the Elfa system to the brackets holding the ventilated shelves so Donnie could hang things like his backpack on one side, and his fly fishing rod on the other.

showing extra storage on the end of the shelving unit

This wall of shelving is so incredibly functional and allows Donnie to store a ton of stuff while still looking neat and uncluttered, which was the goal in the beginning!

Donnie putting a book back on the shelf in the office

Elfa vs. BOAXEL

I’ve gotten lots of questions about why we chose to use the Elfa system in this space rather than the similar IKEA ALGOT system (now called BOAXEL), which we’ve used in a bunch of the closets in both this house and our last house.

While we love ALGOT and will probably use it again in the future, it only comes in white, so Donnie liked the more masculine sand/platinum combination from Elfa better for his space.

There were also a few pieces that he wanted to use that Elfa offered and ALGOT did not, so that also played into our decision. We had never tried Elfa before and had heard great things about it, so we wanted to try it out for ourselves and see how we liked it.

A Masculine Home Office: Before and After

Donnie is absolutely loving his new office space, and is spending a lot more time in there than he was when his office was cluttered and messy! Having a space that is perfect for him allows him to focus and be more productive as well, which is always a win.

The before/after difference is pretty incredible. Let’s take a look:

before and after of updating Donnie's masculine office

(I also convinced him that he didn’t need to store his rowing machine in the middle of his office. That helped too. 🙂 )

I am so thrilled that Donnie finally has his dream office! He has more than earned it, and it is so fun for me to watch him enjoying his new space.

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Have you ever organized a home office? I’d love to hear your best tips in the comments!

Thank you so much for following along! Have a great week!

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  1. Karen @ a house full of sunshine says:

    You guys have done a great job! I’m loving the wall colour, and I could look at organised shelves all day long 🙂 (I’m a nerd like that…)

    1. justagirlabby says:

      A girl after my own heart! 🙂 Thanks so much, Karen! Hope you’re having an awesome day!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Danielle Renke says:

    What an awesome space! Daves office is the first room I want to do in our new home because he’s been without for so long and you’ve put together one that finally fits what I’ve been looking for for him! I’m so excited to share it with him and get him on board. 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, good! So glad it was helpful for you, Danielle! I hope he loves it as much as Donnie does! 🙂 Have a great day!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Where do you store the rowing machine now? 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      It’s in the basement for now. Donnie may bring it back up into his office at some point and just fold it up when he’s not using it! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week, Janet!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Sarah | The Teacher's Wife says:

    Oh yay for Donnie! Looks awesome – he makes a great point about feeling more productive when in an organized space. So true!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I’m excited for him, too! He’s loving his new space. It really does make you want to be more productive when you enjoy your workspace! 🙂 Happy Thursday, Sarah! <3

      ~Abby =)

  5. You did a great job, it’s so well thought out and looks wonderful. Congratulations!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, you’re too sweet! Thanks so much, Jean! Hope you’re having a wonderful week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  6. Amy Boyle says:

    Abby (and Donnie!) this looks great. I wanted to check out that desk as my husband is big on standing while he works. Such great organization ideas, I need to get to work on my husbands office!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Amy! Donnie LOVES the desk. It really is pretty cool! Enjoy working on your hubby’s office! <3

      ~Abby =)

  7. I’m really enjoying all of your posts and have put some of your ideas to work in our home. We are definitely going to look into the sit/stand desk for my husband, Ken. He had back surgery 9 years ago and can’t sit all day without pain – this would be perfect for him. As a lover of your paperless system, I am curious: Where is the scanner? =) Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas and God bless you and your family!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Roni! The scanner is on one of the upper shelves on the wall of shelving! Donnie will still pull it out occasionally, but he is able to do most of his day-to-day scanning with the Scanbot app (He currently has an Android. When he had an iPhone he used the Scannable app). I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  8. AJ Reeves says:

    As always an amazing, informative post. You showed a picture of the picture mastic file holders but no reference to where you got them. Could you let me know. Thanks, AJ Reeves- theknuckleheadranch.com

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, AJ! The plastic file holders are from The Container Store and come in a bunch of different sizes! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  9. Karen Joyce says:

    Beautiful!! I’m going to borrow some of your ideas to create a study space for my son . . thanks for all the help!!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Oh, good! So glad it was helpful for you, Karen! Have a great week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  10. Well I didn’t think you wo uld do it, but you have! You answered all my off the wall questions, like what is that hanging on the side (fly reel), what are those blue boxes, tool boxes? Yup! It looks great!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Lol! Glad we covered them all, Rebecca! Thanks for checking it out!

      ~Abby =)

  11. Hi, I’m new to your blog and loved the idea about keeping things off the floor, makes cleaning easier! I’m currently trying to organise my space at home too and just curious, how do you guys manage dust and cleaning for open shelves? I’d love to try open shelving but just concerned that dusting and keeping such spaces clean would be an issure compared to bookcases and wardrobes which keep the dust out… Would love your thoughts/ tips on this!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I just use a regular old dust cloth and dusting spray! Sometimes if I’m feeling lazy, I have a little feather duster thing I use. 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  12. Wow, I could live in an office like that one. I especially like the nifty setup in the corner making a comfortable reading spot even when he’s not getting all that glorious natural lighting. Office envy.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Trevor! Donnie definitely loves it, too!

      ~Abby =)

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